By Christopher Phin
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A Scot drinks whisky, and tells you about it; I’ll taste one malt or blend every episode, but there’s no set schedule for new episodes. This is not an authoritative guide; I’m just someone who has found he loves whisky and who wants to share my favourites and my new discoveries.
||CleanHaig Club||In which I taste a single grain Scotch whisky, and explain what that is. This is Haig Club, a whisky that is as fascinating as it is overpriced.||3 6 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohnnie Walker Double Black||Appropriately, I bought this Double Black during a Black Friday sale at Amazon, and surprisingly for someone who tends to prefer lighter, more floral whiskies, I actually quite like it. Plus, what chemical gives whisky its smokey flavour?||10 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSainsbury’s Highland Single Malt||Sainsbury’s single malts are back, and I’ll encourage you to try these terrific value-for-money whiskies. Plus, a great read for whisky lovers.||20 11 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBunnahabhain Darach Ùr||Let me introduce you to my favourite Scottish whisky – and, for your sins, to me singing.||22 4 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHibiki 21 year-old||It’s my birthday, so I finally opened the 21 year-old Hibiki I brought back from Japan. I was not disappointed. Plus, the two ways whisky can get its colour.||9 3 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitYamazaki raw spirit & Hakushu 18 year-old||In the second of three special podcasts from my trip to Japan, we taste the raw spirit – the stuff you get before it’s aged in barrels – and some stunning 18 year-old Hakushu. Plus, what is a spirit safe?||1 1 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHibiki 12 year-old||Tasting the terrific 12 year-old Hibiki Japanese blended whisky… in Japan! Joined by my brother-in-law, we discuss this accomplished blend, why Scottish whisky is so cheap in Japan, and how disgusting a whisky highball is. (Sorry for the variable soun||22 9 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAberlour 10 year-old||I have discovered my new go-to single malt – join me and discover it too. Plus, what the bally hell does ‘whisky’ mean anyway?||27 7 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGlen Moray 10 year-old Chardonnay||In this episode, we – and I say that because I have another special guest on this episode – taste the Chardonnay cask-finished 10 year-old Glen Moray. Plus, a barrel is a barrel is a barrel, right?||19 5 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGlen Garioch 12 year-old||The first thing you need to know about Glen Garioch is that you have almost certainly just pronounced its name wrong in your head. The second is that it’s rather lovely. Plus, what’s the oldest distillery in Scotland? (Goodness knows; I just Googled||8 5 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSainsbury’s Speyside Single Malt||Tasting the solid, dependable own-brand single malt Scotch whisky from Sainsbury’s. Plus, what the age of a whisky means and why it matters (and why it doesn’t…).||7 4 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGlen Keith 16 year-old||An interesting whisky from an interesting distillery, bottled by an interesting company; what more could you want? This is also a return to classic-format Scotch; just me and a whisky!||10 3 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS**t Whisky Special||The things we do for you! Tasting a whole range of cheap whiskies with friends Jim and Matt. Fair warning: this episode is over an hour long, gets a bit shouty, and has quite a lot of quite bad swears. Mostly from Matt. Though I encouraged it.||25 2 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMonkey Shoulder||Tasting Monkey Shoulder, a blended malt Scotch whisky that tastes perfectly good; the relentless ‘cool’ marketing of it does rather leave a sour taste in the mouth, however. Plus, the whisky that kick-started the current fashion for single malts.||17 2 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNikka Pure Malt Red||In the first episode of Scotch to feature a guest, we taste the Nikka Pure Malt Red; whisky is, of course (achem), medicinal, and the bottle especially of this bold blend seems to have an explicitly medical vibe. Plus, what links the two major Japanese||4 2 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTobermory 10 year-old||Tasting the capsaicin-spicy Tobermory 10 year-old – a whisky that, happily, rewards you for drinking more and more of it. Plus, what an ‘un-chillfiltered” whisky is.||2 2 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBelle Meade||A somewhat drunk Chris tries his first good bourbon (and likes it a lot, hence the ‘slightly drunk’ bit) before handing over to sober Chris to impart your whisky fact: what is a sour mash bourbon anyway?||16 1 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHibiki 17 year-old||If you think blended whiskies are by definition cheap and coarse, think again; this 17 year-old Japanese blend is wonderfully assured and complex. Plus: why Japanese blends are particularly notable.||10 1 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Hakushu 12 year-old||Tasting the 12 year-old Hakushu, from the second Suntory distillery – the ballsier, punchier brother to the more delicate Yamazaki. A truly glorious whisky. Also in this episode: The Spirit Drink That Dare Not Speak Its Name.||1 1 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTalisker 10 year-old||Partly thanks to starting this podcast, I want to explore some whiskies that take me out of my comfort zone a bit; this is the first, the briny, salty, peaty 10 year-old Talisker, the only single malt made on the Isle of Skye.||23 12 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Famous Grouse||In this episode, we try our first blend, The Famous Grouse, and explain the difference between a single malt and a blend. Famous Grouse is Scotland’s favourite whisky, which may have something to do with the fact that I bought a litre for £13.||16 12 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGlenmorangie The Original||Tasting The Original Glenmoranie, a great default single malt to go for if the pub you’re in doesn’t have much to choose from. Plus, the thing that links Glenmorangie with Jack Daniel’s, future, drunker Chris correcting past Chris, and far too man||8 12 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Yamazaki 12 year-old||Introducing Scotch and introducing you to my current favourite whisky, the soft, friendly and approachable 12 year-old Yamazaki.||4 12 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
As warm as whisky
Chris is a friendly, warm and knowledgable guide to whisky, and not just scotch, as his reviews of Japanese malts show. Sit back with a glass of amber spirit and share his enthusiasm for Scotland's greatest export after oil. This is a must for all whisky lovers.
Great, unpretentious and enthusiastic. Do more casts please!